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To fish amid the wild and scenic grandeur of 
America's outdoor heritage is an exhilarating ex- 
perience. Alaska to Florida, Hawaii to the Virgin 
Islands, these areas present to you an angler's choice 
from trout to tarpon. 

The National Park Service emphasizes the con- 
servation of native fishes and the preservation of 
high-quality angling for wild fishes. We also en- 
courage you to put more importance on the pleasure 
of fishing than you do on filling your creel with fish. 

Where to fish. Although you may fish in many 
areas near the roadsides, the most rewarding fishing 
adventures are almost always in the remote park 
wilderness. Thousands of miles of maintained trails 
make such regions accessible. 

Special programs. In some waters, conditions limit 
the potential size of wild trout populations. To protect 
these, we frequently initiate special programs to limit 
the catch. 

On selected waters in Great Smoky Mountains, 
Shenandoah, Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon 
National Parks, fishing-for-fun programs have been 
established on an experimental basis. Fishing with 
artificial flies and lures, you can fish to your heart's 
content but must return all to the stream. (In Great 
Smoky Mountains on fishing-for-fun streams, fish 
measuring more than 16 inches may be kept.) As a 
result, you can catch many more fish, without de- 
pleting the streams. 

Freshwater fishes and fishing. You will discover 
natural freshwater lakes and streams in many Na- 
tional Parks and Monuments, and huge manmade 
lakes, created by gigantic dams, in several National 
Recreation Areas. In the cold, clear waters live trout, 
salmon, grayling, and whitefish; while in the warmer 
waters are northern pike, perch, bass, sunfish, 
crappie, or channel catfish. 

Saltwater fishes and fishing. From the surf, shore, 
pier, or boat, the variety of saltwater fish is sufficient 
to match any particular interest. Tarpon, snook, bone- 
fish, grouper, snapper, barracuda, yellowtail, bonita, 
tuna — these are but a few of the species found in 
salt waters bordering many of the areas of the Na- 
tional Park System. 



Regulations. State and Federal fishing regulations 
usually agree with regard to seasons, limits, and 
methods. To handle local situations, some special 
regulations are enforced. Contact the park superin- 
tendent for special regulations. 

Fishing licenses. The National Park Service 
charges no fee for recreational fishing. However, a 
State freshwater license is required in all but the 
following National Parks: Big Bend, Crater Lake, 
Glacier, Isle Royale, Mammoth Cave, Mount Mc- 
Kinley, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Piatt, and Yellow- 
stone. 

A State saltwater license is required for marine 
fishing in Texas, California, and Alaska. 

Boating. Boating regulations can be obtained from 
the park superintendents or write for Boating Regula- 
tions in the National Park System, Superintendent 
of Documents, Washington, D.C. 20402. Price 30 
cents. 

Camping and overnight accommodations. Camp- 
grounds and overnight accommodations are conven- 
iently located within most parks, or in the vicinity. 
Write for Camping in the National Park System, 
Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D.C. 
20402. Price 25 cents. 

Supplies, services, boat rentals, guides, rental 
stock. These services are available in specific parks 
according to the local requirements and conditions. 

Management of fishing. In National Parks and 
Monuments, the National Park Service administers 
and manages the recreational fishery resources with 
the cooperation of the U.S. Bureau of Sport Fisheries 
and Wildlife and the State Fish and Game Depart- 
ments. State agencies cooperate with the management 
of the fishery resources within National Recreation 
Areas and the National Park Service administers the 
recreational facilities. 



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Acadia National Park, Box 338, Bar Harbor, Maine 
04609. 

Brook trout, lake trout, landlocked Atlantic salm- 
on, pickerel, perch, and bass are caught in Acadia's 
many lakes. Ice fishing can be enjoyed in winter. 
Shore fishing produces a variety of saltwater fish. 

Arbuckle Recreation Area, % Piatt National Park, 
Box 201, Sulphur, Okla. 73086. 

Arbuckle Reservoir, completed in 1966, provides 
fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and an 
assortment of pan fishes. 

Assateague Island National Seashore, Route 2, Box 
111, Berlin, Md. 21811. 

A variety of saltwater fish live in the waters of 
this National Seashore. 

Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, N. Mex. 
87544. 

There are wild brook and rainbow trout in 
Frijoles Creek near park headquarters, and brown 
trout in remote Capulin Creek. 

Big Bend National Park, Big Bend National Park, 
Tex. 79834. 

The Rio Grande, which serves as the International 
boundary, provides fishing for catfish. 

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Box 458 
YRS, Hardin, Mont. 59035. 

Yellowtail Reservoir is planted with lake trout, 
rainbow trout, and walleye pike, and the Afterbay 
area below the dam is stocked with walleye pike 
and rainbow trout. 

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, 

% Curecanti Recreation Area, 334 South 10th St., 
Montrose, Colo. 81401. 

Several species of trout live in the Gunnison 
River, at the bottom of the Black Canyon. 



Blue Ridge Parkway, Box 1710, Roanoke, Va. 24008. 
Streams contain brook, rainbow, and brown trout; 
some waters are managed as "native trout" streams 
and reduced limits are enforced. Price and Trout 
Lakes contain rainbow trout, and bass and bluegills 
are found in Bass Lake. 

Buck Island Reef National Monument, Box 160, 
Christiansted, St. Croix, V.I. 00820. 

Although saltwater anglers fish in the waters sur- 
rounding this tiny monument, the primary features 
are the underwater coral formations and the associ- 
ated variety of marine life observed by skin-diving. 

Canyonlands National Park, Post Office Bldg., Moab, 
Utah 84532. 

Ninety miles of the Colorado and Green Rivers 
flow through the park and contain channel catfish 
and other warm-water sport species. The waters are 
inaccessible except by boat. 

Cape Cod National Seashore, South Wellfleet, Mass. 
02663. 

Rainbow and brook trout and warm-water sport 
fish live in a number of freshwater ponds within 
the seashore area; marine fish are taken by surf 
fishing or deep-sea trolling in adjacent waters. 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Box 457, Manteo, 
N.C. 27954. 

A variety of saltwater fish are taken from the 
surf, the piers, and deep-sea fishing charter boats: 
channel bass, mullet, striped bass, bluefish, spot, 
marlin, sailfish, dolphin, and amberjack. A few 
freshwater ponds contain bass and bluegills. 

Cape Lookout National Seashore, Box 177, Beau- 
fort, N.C. 28516. 

A variety of saltwater fish are taken from the 
surf and from deep-sea chartered boats: channel 
bass, mullet, striped bass, bluefish, spot, marlin, 
sailfish, dolphin, and amberjack. 

Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont, Md. 21788. 

Trout live in Big Hunting Creek (fly-fishing only) 
and wild brook and brown trout are caught in Little 
Owens Creek. 

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Channel Islands National Monument, Box 1388, 
Oxnard, Calif. 93030. 

Sea bass, barracuda, bonito, yellowtail, and others 
live in the surrounding Pacific waters. 

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Monument, 

Box 158, Sharpsburg, Md. 21782. 

Bass, sunfish, and a number of other species live 
in Big Pool near Fort Frederick, Little Pool at 
Hancock, and Battie Mixon Pond at Oldtown. Also, 
you may fish in the Potomac River which borders 
the monument lands. 

City of Refuge National Historical Park, Honaunau, 
Kona, Hawaii 96726. 

Saltwater fishing from the shores of this Hawaiian 
park. 

Coulee Dam Recreation Area, Box 37, Coulee Dam, 
Wash. 99116. 

Kamloops, rainbow trout, and kokanee are the 
principal sport fish in Roosevelt Lake, created by 
Grand Coulee Dam. 

Crater Lake National Park, Box 7, Crater Lake, Oreg. 
97604. 

Rainbow trout and kokanee were introduced 
years ago into Crater Lake and are fairly common. 
Fishing deep within the crater rim is a unique ex- 
perience. The lake is accessible by Cleetwood Trail, 
1.1 miles long. Rainbow and brook trout are found 
in the small streams. 

Curecanti Recreation Area, 334 South 10th St., 
Montrose, Colo. 81401. 

Rainbow and brown trout are the main quest of 
the angler in Blue Mesa and Morrow Point Reser- 
voirs. Kokanee have also been stocked. 

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, 265 

South Courtland St., East Stroudsburg, Pa. 18301. 

Within the authorized recreation area, smallmouth 
bass and walleye are the most important sport 
species in the Delaware River. Also, many fish for 
the American shad in spring when they migrate up 
the river in great numbers. 



De Soto National Memorial, Box 1377, Bradenton, 
Fla. 33505. 

From boats and from shore, fishermen catch a 
variety of saltwater fish in Tampa Bay. 

Devils Postpile National Monument, Box 577 (Yo- 
semite Village), Yosemite National Park, Calif. 
95389. 

The Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River con- 
tains rainbow, brook, and brown trout. 

Dinosaur National Monument, Box 101, Dinosaur, 
Colo. 81610. 

Jones Hole Creek contains rainbow and brown 
trout; channel catfish live in the Green and Yampa 
Rivers. 

Everglades National Park, Box 279, Homestead, Fla. 
33030. 

In bays and estuarine waters, tarpon, snook, and 
bonefish are prized fish; but the spotted seatrout, 
mangrove snapper, and redfish receive the most 
attention of saltwater fishermen. Largemouth bass, 
bluegills, and other species live in the freshwater 
streams, ponds, and pools. 

Fire Island National Seashore, Conklin Bldg., 8 
West Main St., Patchogue, N.Y. 11772. 

Fishermen catch bluefish, fluke, and winter floun- 
ders in Great South Bay and Moriches Bay, and 
striped bass and other species in the ocean. 

Fort Jefferson National Monument, % Everglades 
National Park, Box 279, Homestead, Fla. 33030. 
Waters within and surrounding the monument 
contain fine saltwater fishing areas. 

Fort Pulaski National Monument, Box 98, Savannah 
Beach, Ga. 31328. 

There is saltwater fishing from the bridges over 
the south channel of the Savannah River, and in the 
moat which surrounds the historic fort. 

Glacier Bay National Monument, Box 1089, Juneau, 
Alaska 99801. 

The fishery resources of Glacier Bay consists of 
salmon, rainbow trout, grayling, and Dolly Varden. 

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Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Mont. 59936. 
Cutthroat, brook, and rainbow trout, Dolly Var- 
den, and kokanee live in the lakes and streams of the 
park. Grayling live in a few waters in the Belly River 
country. Lake St. Mary, Crossley, and Waterton 
Lakes also contain lake trout. 

Glen Canyon Recreation Area, Box 1507, Page, 
Ariz. 86040. 

Lake Powell and the Colorado River below the 
dam are intensively managed for rainbow trout, 
largemouth bass, kokanee, and black crappie. Chan- 
nel catfish and sunfish can also be taken from these 
waters. 

Grand Canyon National Park, Box 129, Grand 
Canyon, Ariz. 86023. 

Brown and rainbow trout live in the bottom of 
the canyon in Bright Angel Creek near Phantom 
Ranch. Channel catfish are taken from the nearby 
Colorado River and rainbows from Thunder River 
and Tapeats Creek. 

Grand Teton National Park, Box 67, Moose, Wyo. 
83012. 

Jackson Lake is open for fishing all year (except 
during the brief autumn spawning season), including 
ice fishing in winter. Here you can fish for cutthroat 
and lake trout. A number of other lakes and many 
streams contain whitefish, and cutthroat, brook, and 
rainbow trout. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, 
Tenn. 37738. 

Bass, and brook and rainbow trout live in the 600 
miles of fishing streams in the park. Bass live at lower 
elevations. Sections of four streams are managed as 
fishing-for-fun waters; on them you may use artifi- 
cial flies only but all fish except those measuring 
more than 16 inches must be returned to the stream 
unharmed. 



Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes 
National Park, Hawaii 96718. 

Limited surf fishing along the southern coast. 

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Route 1, 
Box 63, Daviston, Ala. 36256. 

You may fish for catfish, crappie, sunfish, and 
bass in the Tallapoosa River which flows through 
the park for 3 miles. 

Isle Royale National Park, Box 27, Houghton, Mich. 
49931. 

Northern pike live in 28 inland lakes and in the 
waters of Lake Superior. Lake trout live in Lake 
Superior and in Siskiwit Lake. (Michigan laws 
apply for fishing in Lake Superior waters.) Other 
waters contain rainbow and brook trout, perch, 
walleye, and whitefish. 

Katmai National Monument, % Mount McKinley 
National Park, Box 2252, Anchorage, Alaska 99501. 
Grayling, whitefish, northern pike, Pacific salmon, 
Dolly Varden, and lake and rainbow trout live in 
the waters of the monument. 

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 601 Nevada 
Highway, Boulder City, Nev. 89005. 

Two huge lakes, Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, 
created by Hoover and Davis Dams, provide the main 
fishing waters. Lake Mead is especially noted for 
its largemouth bass and channel catfish. Lake Mo- 
have contains rainbow trout in the upper end and 
largemouth bass farther down the lake. Sunfish and 
crappie are also taken in these lakes. 

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral, Calif. 
96063. 

A number of roadside waters and back-country 
lakes and streams furnish fishing for rainbow, brook, 
and brown trout. 

Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave, Ky. 
42259. 

Sauger, walleye, catfish, and bass live in the Green 
and Nolin Rivers, and in several small ponds. 



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Mount McKinley National Park, McKinley Park, 
Alaska 99755. 

Lake trout live in Wonder Lake, grayling and 
Dolly Varden live in the small ponds and streams. 

Mount Rainier National Park, Longmire, Wash. 
98397. 

Alpine lakes and streams contain cutthroat, rain- 
bow, brown, and brook trout. 

Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Ave., Port 

Angeles, Wash. 98362. 

Olympic's streams and lakes contain cutthroat, 
rainbow, and brook trout, Dolly Varden, and several 
species of salmon. Large rivers are noted for steel- 
head (sea-run rainbow trout). 

Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Box 448, Van 

Buren, Mo. 63965. 

One hundred sixty miles of the Current River 
and Jacks Fork are included within this area. In a 
wilderness setting of outstanding scenery, float fishing 
has an especial appeal. Rock bass and smallmouth 
bass are the most abundant fishes caught; but 
largemouth bass, walleye, and chain pickerel are 
fairly common. 

Padre Island National Seashore, Box 8560, Corpus 
Christi, Tex. 78412. 

Anglers take a variety of marine fish in waters 
adjacent to Padre Island. 

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Box 32, Muni- 
sing, Mich. 49862. 

Fine for lake trout, whitefish, coho salmon in 
Lake Superior. Inland lakes have sunfish, perch, 
bass, and pike. Streams and river have brook and 
rainbow trout. 






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Piatt National Park, Box 201, Sulphur, Okla. 73086. 
Streams contain sunfish, crappie, and warmouth, 
largemouth, and white bass. 

Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes, Calif. 
94956. 

A variety of fish are caught in the Pacific Ocean 
from shore or from boats. There is some freshwater 
fishing in several small ponds. 

Prince William Forest Park, Box 208, Triangle, Va. 

22172. 

Three small lakes contain bass and bluegill. 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colo. 
80517. 

Cutthroat, rainbow, brown, and brook trout live 
in park lakes and streams. 

Sanford Recreation Area, Box 325, Sanford, Tex. 
79078. 

Lake Meredith, on the Canadian River, provides 
opportunities to fish for walleye, largemouth bass, 
channel catfish, white crappie, and blue catfish. 

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Three 
Rivers, Calif. 93271. 

A multitude of wilderness lakes and streams con- 
tain California golden, rainbow, brook, and brown 
trout. You must pack in or hike into many of the 
remote park waters. Sections of two streams are 
managed as fishing-for-fun waters. 

Shadow Mountain Recreation Area, % Rocky Moun- 
tain National Park, Estes Park, Colo. 80517. 

Year-round fishing is provided on two manmade 
lakes — Shadow Mountain Lake and Lake Granby — 
created by the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. 
Principal fish are rainbow trout and kokanee, al- 
though lake, brown, and cutthroat trout are present. 
Ice fishing in winter. 



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Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Va. 22835. 

More than 100 miles of streams contain wild and 
colorful native brook trout. High quality fishing 
has developed on the Rapidan and Staunton Rivers 
— fishing-for-fun only. 

Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park, 

Medora, N. Dak. 58645. 

The Little Missouri River contains sauger, channel 
catfish, goldeye, and bullheads. Stretches of the river 
are accessible by road. 

Virgin Islands National Park, Box 1707, Charlotte 
Amalie, St. Thomas, V.I. 00801. 

Waters surrounding the islands contain such salt- 
water sport fish as tarpon, barracuda, jack, bonito, 
and bonefish. Fishing includes deep-sea trolling, 
and angling in shallower reef and inshore waters. 

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation 
Area, Box 188, Whiskeytown, Calif. 96095. 
Rainbow trout and kokanee are attractions. 

Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National 
Park, Wyo. 83020. 

Yellowstone Lake is noted for its native Yellow- 
stone cutthroat trout. Other park streams and lakes 
contain rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat, and lake 
trout, grayling and whitefish. 

Yosemite National Park, Box 577 (Yosemite Vil- 
lage), Yosemite National Park, Calif. 95389. 

Rainbow, golden, brook, and brown trout live in 
the more than 200 lakes and 550 miles of streams. 
The majority of the waters are away from the road- 
side and you must hike or ride horseback to reach 
them. 

Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah 84767. 

A short section of the Virgin River supports a 
limited amount of fishing for rainbow trout. 



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other publications 



Fishing guides 

The following publications are available at the 
sources and prices listed. (The price includes mail- 
ing.) 

Fishing Guide to Glacier National Park, 1960. 
Ernest J. Kinnie. $0.25 

Glacier Natural History Association, Inc. 
Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Mont. 59936. 

A Fishing Guide to Jackson Hole, 1954. Harold 
Hagen. $1.10 

Grand Teton Natural History Association 
Grand Teton National Park, Box 67, Moose, Wyo. 
83012. 

Fishes and Sport Fishing in Isle Royale National 
Park, 1959. Karl Lagler and Charles R. Goldman. 

$0.55 
Isle Royale Natural History Association 
Isle Royale National Park, 87 North Ripley St., 
Houghton, Mich. 49931. 

Yellowstone Fishes, 1962. James R. Simon. $0.65 
Yellowstone Library and Museum Association 
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National 
Park, Wyo. 83020. 

Fishes of Yosemite National Park, 1961. Willis 
Evans, O. L. Wallis, Glenn Gallison. $0.60 

Yosemite Natural History Association, Inc. 
Yosemite National Park, Box 577 (Yosemite Village) 
Yosemite National Park, Calif. 95389. 



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National Parks of the United States 

A packet of 8 maps covering all National Parks 

Large 3-color maps of the National Park System 
by regions of the country: Northeast, Southeast, Mid- 
west, Southwest, West; including separate maps for 
the parks of Washington, D.C. and New York City; 
and a large 4-color map of the United States locating 
all parks and interstate highway systems. Descrip- 
tion and address of each park; chart of facilities, 
activities, and park accommodations; illustrations; 
envelope convenient for mailing. Order direct from 
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government 
Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402. $1.50 
per packet. 

Interpretive and informational folders 

The National Park Service issues illustrated pub- 
lications of general information for most of the areas 
of the National Park System. Copies are available 
at entrance or information stations. Some may also 
be purchased by mail from the Superintendent of 
Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Wash- 
ington, D.C. 20402. In addition, the Service issues 
a number of specialized publications which are ob- 
tainable by purchase only. Price lists of National Park 
Service publications sold may be obtained on re- 
quest to the Superintendent of Documents. 

State parks and forests 

Information on State parks or forests can be ob- 
tained by writing to the State Park or Forestry 
Department in the capital of the State in which you 
are interested. 



revised 1969 



U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE ■ 1969 O - 333-698 

For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office 
Washington, D.C. 20402 - Price 30 cents 



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for water, fish, wildlife, mineral, land, park, and 
recreational resources. Indian and Territorial affairs 
are other major concerns of America's "Department 
of Natural Resources." 

The Department works to assure the wisest choice 
in managing all our resources so each will make its 
full contribution to a better United States — now and 
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